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Gertrude Wineman

by JWA Staff
Our work to expand the Encyclopedia is ongoing. We are providing this brief biography for Gertrude Wineman until we are able to commission a full entry.

Gertrude Wineman was an indefatigable leader of the Jewish community of Detroit for almost forty years. Wineman began her volunteer work in the larger Detroit community in the 1920s, working as a volunteer supervisor for the Detroit Public Welfare Department and serving as president of the Fresh Air Society, which offered working-class women and their children a day in the country, from 1920–1923. She also served as an early leader of United Jewish Charities in Detroit. During the Depression, she worked tirelessly to provide food and aid to those in need. Over her lifetime, she served as president of the Federation Women’s Division and founding president of the Detroit branch of the Travelers Aid Society, and was active in United Jewish Appeal, Hadassah, and Sinai Hospital. A lover of music, she also supported the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. In 1962 she was honored for her years of service to the Detroit Jewish community with the Butzel Award.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Gertrude Wineman." (Viewed on September 23, 2021) <>.


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